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Vale Robert Wharton

Paradigm Shift

Every time an aboriginal person dies years before he or she should I think that this is, in part, a result of the brutal invasion of this continent. Robert Janjimdaimjan Wharton was born in 1979 and passed away before his 40th birthday. He is a descendant of Mardigan and Kooma tribes in South-West Queensland and was a proud Brisbane Black.

Robert was a dreamer. He grew up in Cunnamulla in a big extended family. He appeared on Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) and played at a number of events organised by Sovereign Women United and local aboriginal groups. Robert always turned up at Dundali commemorations in January.

Dundali led the resistance to the British invasion of an area where Brisbane now stands. After a long campaign he was captured by the invaders and hanged in front of the Brisbane Post Office on January 5, 1855. We remember…

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Book Reviews: ‘Iraqi Icicle’ and ‘The Second Father’

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With the current surge of audiobooks here are two unlikely bedfellows in popular writing. Both books are set in Brisbane  during the bad years of the Bjelke-Petersen government. I know both the authors Bernie Dowling and Domenico Cacciola. We lived … Continue reading


Foco tonight

Foco Nuevo in DecemberFriday, 7th December, 2018NOTE EVEN NEWER STARTING TIME!!Doors Open 7.00 pm — Music starts 7.30 pm Kurilpa Hall174 Boundary Street, West End (map) The people have spoken! We had a very democratic decision taken by audience members … Continue reading


Save Mowbray Park

Brisbane is a river city but you wouldn’t know it from what Brisbane City Council is doing in East Brisbane. Council has been increasing private access to the Brisbane River and to a large part of Norman Creek near Mowbray … Continue reading


Assange – speed bump before extradition

By 22 November 2018 it had became apparent that my friend and fellow long time Australian antiwar activist and later 2006 founder of the world shaking WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was under imminent threat of armed extraction from the Ecuadorian embassy … Continue reading


Roma – massacre in Mexico

Roma is a 2018 drama film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Cuarón also produced, co-edited and photographed the film. It stars Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Enoc Leaño and Daniel Valtierra. Set in the early 1970s, the film is … Continue reading


Students and teachers unite against coal

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Thursday 29th November 2018 by Andy Paine It’s heating up in the schools and universities of Queensland, and not just because we’re set for another record-breaking summer of temperatures. 4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke with students and teachers who are … Continue reading


First nations – a ‘war between two worlds’

On 1 December 2018 in Brisbane activists, musicians and supporters conducted a solidarity action for first nations people of Chile, West Papua and Australia, protesting the assassination of Camilo Catrillanca by Chilean Jungle Commandoes on 14 November 2018. Lili Sanchez … Continue reading


Petition to save the UQ Union Complex

Please sign the petition here . More info on  Save the UQ Union Complex facebook page. Full text of the leaflet is below: Anyone who lived in Brisbane in the 1960s, 70s and 80s will remember the destruction of the … Continue reading


Ralph Summy – ‘agent of peace’

Here is Ralph Summy’s obituary published in Courier Mail on 27 December 2018. I know this piece was submitted by a friend or relative, but is still ironic that the local press would take so long to publish something nice … Continue reading


Solidarity with West Papua


Grassroots Campaign against Child Abuse

WBT has been handed these leaflets for publication … there is a protest at Brisbane Magistrates Court on 7 December 2018 at 9am


Cuba Friendship film

Cuban Cinema in BrisbaneA TRANSLATOR (Un Traductor) Monday 26 November 2018 Join with members at the Palace Cinema this Monday 26th November to see ‘The Translator’, a Cuban movie screening as part of the Cine Latino Film Festival 2018.Palace James … Continue reading


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Political Pensions

WBT publishes this short appeal by Dr. Dale Kerwin here. Another perk apart from pensions is that politicians, senior public servants and union officials are appointed to boards on companies and extract fees. For example the Qld Labor government recently … Continue reading


Qld Human Rights Bill a con

The Human Rights Bill 2018 is a carefully crafted con. Superficially it purports to conform with the legal principle that Australian legislation does not conflict with international law, and with Australia’s responsibility as a member state of the United Nations … Continue reading


Solidarity with Mapuche

The Chilean community in Brisbane is making a call to stand up for the Mapuche people in Chile, the indigenous people from the Temukuikuiis community, from the south of Chile has been under siege and repressed for the last years … Continue reading


The rules are broken, so how do we fix them?

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The ACTU made a pitch to a big march of unionists, some say 20,000 people, on the streets of Brisbane today calling on them to build a movement to bring down the federal government. We were told at the rally … Continue reading


We’re Stranded: 30 years since the 4ZZZ eviction


The Paper Chained

The second issue of Paper Chained has been published online! This is a journal that supports publication of writings and artistic expressions from people affected by incarceration.  View online here: PDF:


Stop violence against Women

The Young Dancer is Dead


In the early evening of November 7th, 1993 (25 years ago last Wednesday); a group of aboriginal teenagers were hanging out in Musgrave Park. One of them was Daniel “Boonie” Yock, an 18 year old who performed around Brisbane with the Wakka Wakka dance troupe.

The boys in the park did something to attract the attention of a police car – according to the police “behaving in a disorderly manner”. The car approached them and the boys ran.

Why did they run? We don’t know. Maybe they were carrying yarndi or alcohol. A later report indicated Daniel had both in his system. Maybe it was just adrenaline. Maybe it was because of a long-standing and well-documented history of police violence against aboriginal people in Queensland.

Whatever reason it was, they took off in the direction of Boundary Street. Even for fit young dancers though it’s hard to outrun a police…

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Schonell’s Best Films 1975 – 2000

 The Schonell Theatre’s most popular films … Thanks to Ron Wakenshaw and Desley Agnoletto for compiling this list. Remember to sign the petition to save the UQ Union Complex including the Schonell. AGUIRE WRATH OF GOD DECAMERON TRAFFIC GARDEN OF … Continue reading


Stop fencing out the poor

The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably … Continue reading


Chile Solidarity

To International Community Today in Chile young Mapuche activist Camilo Catrillanca from Temukuikui community was shot and killed by Chilean police . He was killed by a special command unit called Jungle Command , a newly-formed military police taskforce trained … Continue reading


Government response to homeless inadequate

“There are currently 96 families on the Dept of Housing register waiting for 3 bedroom housing in the Acacia Ridge area. 32 of these families have been assessed as having a very high need for housing.” – Senior Housing Officer … Continue reading

Wages Theft

Paradigm Shift

This week we talk wage theft in Queensland, past and present.

We discuss the Qld government inquiry into wage theft released today with Marianna O’Gorman from the McKell Institue.

We also speak with lawyer Jonathan Kawa about a class action lawsuit to recover decades worth of wages that were never paid to aboriginal workers.

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Petrol Girls – Strike
Dawn Daylight – Culture
Bryte – World on strike
The Currency – 888

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The free press


Moreton Bay

One Sunday morningWhile I was out walkingBy the Brisbane’s watersI chanced to strayThere I found a prisonerLayed half in the waterHe’d seen me comingAnd he began to say Sixteen Straws, The Drones The start is Moreton Bay (also known as … Continue reading